Hooker, John. Sermons

Collection History

Please note that as of January 2022, the John Hooker sermons, 1753-1777, and all future digital collections are now hosted on the library's new digital archive.

Rev. John Hooker (1728-1777) originally hailed from Farmington, Connecticut and graduated from Yale in 1751. He was ordained as the minister of the First Congregational Church of Northampton in 1753, folliowing the dismissal of the famous Congregationalist Rev. Jonathan Edwards in 1750. He married Sarah Worthington in 1755, and continued as minister at Northampton until he died of smallpox in 1777. The materials in this collection consist of Rev. Hooker's sermons and sermon fragments spanning his entire career at Northampton.

The original manuscripts in this collection are owned by our project partners, the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Further information about the collection can be found in the NEHGS catalog.


Digital Materials

Sermons, 1753-1755

These sermon notes by Rev. Hooker span a number of subjects. Some of the documents are incomplete.

  • Mark 8:38 – "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels…"
      first preached at Northampton, 30 December 1753
  • Exodus 3:6 – "The place whereon thou standeth is holy ground…"
      first preached at Northampton, 20 January 1754
  • Psalms 4:6 – "Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord…"
      first preached at Northampton, 7 April 1754
  • partial sermon
  • 1 Corinthians 1:24 – "But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God…"
      first preached at Northampton, 18 August 1754
  • partial sermon
  • 2 Corinthians 4:17 – "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…"
      first preached at Northampton, 7 December 1755
  • partial sermon

Sermons, 1757-1777

These notes by Rev. John Hooker include sermons preached on a number of subjects. Some of the sermons are incomplete. A prayer request is also included among these records.


Related Materials

Northampton, Mass. First Church of Christ, 1661-1845


Special Thanks

These digital resources have been made possible in part by the Council on Library and Information Resources, through a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the Council on Library and Information Resources.